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Moncada hoping to sign with team soon

With James Shields off the board, there isn’t much impact talent left on the free-agent market. Yet one player continues to generate significant speculation, despite a lack of professional experience in the United States.

Yoan Moncada, the dynamic 19-year-old switch-hitting infielder from Cuba, recently was cleared to sign with a big league club. His agent, David Hastings, told the Los Angeles Times on Tuesday that the plan is for Moncada to take offers over the next two weeks. At that point, Hastings hopes he and his client will “have a much clearer picture” of Moncada’s destination.

The goal is for Moncada to sign soon after so he can report to Spring Training with that team and get started in its farm system.

The Dodgers, one of the clubs to hold a workout for Moncada, are believed to be a serious contender for his services, along with the Yankees, Red Sox and several others.

– Andrew Simon

Moncada working out for Padres, mixed reports on interest

Cuban prospect Yoan Moncada is reportedly working out for the Padres on Monday, according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports.

While Passan adds that San Diego “plans to be aggressive” in pursuing Moncada, a source tells MLB.com’s Corey Brock that the Padres might be done with their offseason spending spree after signing James Shields to a four-year, $75 million deal on Monday.

As for Moncada, the five-tool infielder is also believed to be receiving serious interest from at least 10 other teams — a list that includes the Dodgers, Yankees, Red Sox, A’s, Giants, Rangers, Cubs, Tigers, Phillies, and Cardinals. The Yankees, Red Sox and Dodgers have all been mentioned as potential frontrunners to land Moncada at various times this offseason.

Though naturally a shortstop, the 19-year-old phenom can also play second or third base. Along with bolstering the rotation by signing Shields on Monday, the Padres have already added Matt Kemp, Wil Myers and Justin Upton to their outfield corps this offseason.

While Moncada would just be the latest blockbuster move for the Padres this offseason, it’s unclear at this point whether or not the club is willing to spend big on yet another player after signing Shields.

– Paul Casella

Marlins among the teams still pursuing Shields

Though it’s unclear whether or not they are a frontrunner in the James Shields sweepstakes, the Marlins at least “remain in talks” to potentially sign the free agent right-hander, according to MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro.

Shields’ market has started to develop rapidly this week, with FOX Sports’ Jon Heyman even reporting that Shields has “multiple offers in hand” and could sign somewhere by the end of the week. It obviously remains unclear which teams exactly have extended those offers, though reports have suggested that neither the Red Sox nor the Royals are among those suitors.

Along with the Marlins, the Padres and Blue Jays have both been mentioned as potential landing spots. There have also been conflicting reports regarding the Yankees’ interest, with Joel Sherman of the New York Post saying they are “not in play” for Shields and Jon Morosi of FOX Sports tweeting that he is hearing the Yanks are “now actively pursuing” him.

It should also be noted that Shields apparently prefers to play on the West Coast near his home in San Diego. That report would obviously suggest that the Padres have an advantage in that regard, but it’s unclear whether or not that will factor into Shields’ final decision.

Though there may not be a frontrunenr as of right now, Shields’ situation should continue to come into focus in the coming days.

– Paul Casella

Moncada hoping to sign somewhere soon

Now that he’s officially been declared a free agent, top Cuban prospect Yoan Moncada told MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez that he hopes to “sign with a team soon.”

The 19-year-old Moncada has already held private workouts for the Yankees, Red Sox, Dodgers, Padres, Giants, Rangers, Rays, Tigers and Brewers. Other teams could also make a push to sign Moncada now that he’s actually allowed to sign a deal.

“My goal is to sign with a team soon, start training with them, and make it to the Major Leagues as fast as I can with whichever team that might be,” Moncada said in Spanish to MLB.com in his first interview since arriving in the United States in late November. “I know I’m going to do the best I can for as long as I can in this sport.”

Naturally a shortstop, Moncada can also play second or third base. The Yankees and Red Sox have long been mentioned as the potential favorites to sign Moncada, but the Dodgers have also been floated as one of the most likely landing spots.

– Paul Casella

Yankees “not in play” for Shields

Free agent starting pitcher James Shields is reportedly close to signing with a team this week, but the Yankees are not one of those clubs, according to multiple reports.

The Yankees are “not in in play” for a significant free agent starting pitcher such as Shields, tweets Joel Sherman of the New York Post. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports confirmed that information, adding that the Bronx Bombers preferred Max Scherzer and never seriously pursued him in free agency this winter.

The Yankees already have a number of starters on their roster, including: CC Sabathia, Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda, Ivan Nova, Nathan Eovaldi, Chris Capuano and Adam Warren.

Shields is mulling a number of options and is expected to sign a contract by the end of this week, according to Jon Morosi of FOX Sports.

Shields was initially expected to command a contract of at least $100 million, but his price tag appears to have dropped as the offseason has progressed. The 33-year-old is now expected to sign a deal in the $70 to $80 million range, which could bring more teams back in on the bidding.

But the Yankees apparently are not one of the bidders.

–Austin Laymance

Shoulder issues shut down J. Santana’s comeback bid

Johan Santana‘s latest comeback attempt has been halted by discomfort in his left shoulder, according to Nelson Medina Arnías of LVBP.com.

Santana, who will turn 36 in March, had been pitching in the Venezuelan Winter League as he attempts to work his way back to the Majors. He will now miss the league final due to the shoulder issue, though an MRI reportedly showed no structural damage.

The latest injury is a significnat blow for Santana, especially considering that he’s already had multiple shoulder surgeries in the past four years. Those shoulder problems forced him to miss all of both the 2011 and 2013 seasons, while he also missed the 2014 campaign after suffering a torn Achilles’ tendon during extended Spring Training with the Orioles last June.

The southpaw last pitched in the Majors in 2012, going 6-9 with a 4.85 ERA and two complete game shutouts over 21 starts. A two-time Cy Young Award winner, Santana led his respective league in ERA three times from 2004-08 and had a strong 2010 campaign (11-9, 2.98 ERA, 1.176 WHIP) before injuries derailed his career over the past five years.

Prior to the injury news, at least six teams — including the Yankees, Blue Jays and Padres — had been rumored to have interest in signing Santana to what would presumably be an incentive-laden deal. It’s unclear at this point exactly what affect this shoulder soreness will have on Santana’s comeback bid, but the chances of him breaking camp with any Major League club have certainly taken a serious hit.

– Paul Casella

J. Santana on comeback trail, Yanks interested?

Veteran left-hander Johan Santana is looking to make a comeback and the Yankees could be one of the teams interested in taking a gamble on the former two-time Cy Young Award winner, according to Dan Martin of the New York Post.

Santana, who turns 36 in March, tossed two scoreless innings Tuesday night in a Venezuelan Winter League appearance. The Yankees were among the clubs in attendance for that outing, though it’s unclear how many other teams, or which ones exactly, also attended Santana’s outing.

Santana has missed each of the last two seasons due to a pair of injuries. He missed the entire 2013 campaign while recovering from shoulder surgery — problems with that same shoulder also cost him the entire 2011 season — before suffering a torn Achilles’ tendon during extended Spring Training with the Orioles last June.

The southpaw last pitched in the Majors in 2012, going 6-9 with a 4.85 ERA and two complete game shutouts over 21 starts. Santana led his respective league in ERA three times from 2004-08 and had a strong 2010 campaign (11-9, 2.98 ERA, 1.176 WHIP) before injuries derailed his career over the past five years.

If he stays healthy, Santana will likely be able to find a Major League club interested in taking a flier on him with an incentive-laden deal.

– Paul Casella

Moncada still not cleared, plans to hold workouts this month

Cuban prospect Yoan Moncada still has not been cleared by the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control to sign with a Major League team, according to Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com. Sanchez adds that Moncada has plans to hold seven private workouts this month with undisclosed teams.

The Yankees and Red Sox were recently mentioned by Fangraphs’ Kiley McDaniel as the “heavy favorites” to ultimately sign the 19-year-old middle infielder, who can also play third base. Moncada is considered one of the most highly-touted international prospects in the game right now, with Sanchez listing him as the top Cuban player to keep an eye on.

One thing to keep in mind, however, is that Moncada is subject to international signing guidelines, due to the fact that he is under 23 and did not play in a Cuban professional league for at least five seasons. In accordance with the Collective Bargaining Agreement, each team is allotted a $700,000 base and a bonus pool based on the team’s 2013 record during the international signing period, which started on July 2. Both the Yankees and Red Sox are in the maximum penalty range for the 2014-15 international signing period, which prohibits them from signing any player for more than $300,000 during the next two signing periods.

Considering Moncada is expected to ultimately land a substantial contract, neither the Yankees nor the Red Sox would be able to sign Moncada if he does not become eligible to sign before June 15 — though there is nothing to suggest that will happen at this point.

– Paul Casella

Blue Jays interested in Ichiro?

The Blue Jays are reportedly showing some interest in free-agent outfielder Ichiro Suzuki, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today.

Suzuki, 41, has also been linked to the Marlins, who are looking for a fourth outfielder. The Orioles are looking for outfield help as well, and they have been said to have interest in Suzuki.

The Blue Jays have a glaring need in the outfield with Melky Cabrera gone to the White Sox via free agency and Colby Rasmus likely to sign with another club. Toronto has four outfielders on its 40-man roster in Jose Bautista, Kevin Pillar, Dalton Pompey and Michael Saunders.

Suzuki is 156 hits shy of 3,000 in his Major League career. The 10-time All-Star and former American League MVP Award winner might have to take a pay cut this year, though, after earning $6.5 million in each of the past two seasons with the Yankees.

– Austin Laymance

Moncada could start workouts within two weeks

Cuban shortstop Yoan Moncada is still awaiting clearance from the Office of Foreign Asset and Control (OFAC), but is widely expected to begin private workouts within the next two weeks according to MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez.

The 19-year-old is one of the game’s top international prospects right now and is expected to garner significant interest once he’s officially available. Though his market will continue to develop as teams make more offseason moves, the clubs that were represented at Moncada’s “batting showcase” earlier this year were the Braves, Red Sox, Yankees, Giants, Rays, Padres and Cubs.

Given his age, position and switch-hitting ability, Moncada doesn’t figure to be short on offers as the process continues. There are no clear frontrunners at this point, but it’s certainly a situation worth monitoring in the coming weeks.

– Paul Casella

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